Mark steps up his training regime for his challenge

Mark Beaumont swimming in the River Tay as he trains  for the challenge.
Mark Beaumont swimming in the River Tay as he trains for the challenge.

Scottish cyclist and adventurer Mark Beaumont has stepped up his training regime for this summer’s cross-Scotland challenge in aid of the STV Appeal.

Last week he did his first outdoor swim in Loch Tay.

On June 1, Mark will embark on one of this biggest challenges of his life as he sets out to travel the Highland Boundary Fault Line from Arran to Aberdeen. He will complete the journey both on foot and by water to raise funds for children and young people in Scotland who are affected by poverty.

Mark intends to complete the task in just 10 days and over the course of the challenge he will cross open sea three times including a never-been-done-before six mile swim from Arran to the Isle of Bute across Loch Lomond.

Locally he will drop by Blairgowrie, Kirriemuir and Edzell.

Speaking after his first open water session, Mark said: “The water was very cold, about 10 degrees and there was a reasonable current. I knew it would be cold, but completely underestimated just how hard swimming in it would be.

“Over the coming weeks I must get more accustomed to the cold and get used to swimming bigger distances outside. There is still a lot for me to do.”

To support Mark’s challenge and make a donation to STV Appeal visit Mark’s JustGiving page at

If you would like to get involved with Mark’s challenge contact campaign manager Ami Anderson on 0141 300 3729.